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Lillard Starts The Visionary Academy

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The Portland Trail Blazers guard will provide a unique internship experience for six students.

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There is one thing that is certain about Damian Lillard: the Portland Trail Blazers star loves to give back to his community. Nick DePaula of the Undefeated details how Lillard is taking that to the next level by starting the Visionary Academy, a new internship program that is part of the Adidas Legacy program in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

Lillard’s academy will provide six deserving students – one male and one female from among the nine Adidas Legacy high schools in each of the three cities – with a four-month local internship. Given the ongoing uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the academy’s internships will remain virtual in the first year, with future plans for in-person activities.

The Academy is expected to focus on sports media and digital marketing.

“The experience will be the best part of it,” Lillard said. “When you allow someone to actively participate and bring their own creativity and their own mind and presence to a situation, I think it brings something else to the table.”

Lillard will launch the Academy alongside his Dame 7s, which will include a Visionary-themed colorway.

You can read the entire piece here.